Burke on Big Tech

I’m not too sure that, in the present state of Big Technology’s confusions, any educational policy, even if it were itself perfect and were adopted throughout the world, would be able to help much, when the world is so ardently beset by so much distress and malice.

Kenneth Burke, “Definition of Man” in Language as Symbolic Action (1966): 20.


The mere existence…

The mere existence of new technology neither creates nor magically solves cultural problems. In fact, their construction typically reinforces existing social divisions.

— danah boyd

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014): 156